Tag: Kids

Things my daughter will not get rid of

Things my daughter will not get rid of
My daughter is a hoarder and has a very hard time getting rid of things.  She is extremely creative and comes up with very interesting art and games from scraps of paper, clothes sizes too small, lost puzzle pieces and fallen Barbie shoes. My girl is constantly taking things out of the recycling bag or... Read more »

Friday Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Tilt and Zip Lining

Friday Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Tilt and Zip Lining
Happy Friday and Earth Day!  Things have been very busy around here lately.  It is Spring Break, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to experience and appreciate our city. My husband and I loved the Avett Brothers last night at the Chicago Theatre.  The brothers and their band from North Carolina have a unique... Read more »

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens
As my children are growing up and my son is now a (gasp) tween, I often reflect back to myself during those awkward years of insecurity, doubt and little confidence. Shalimar Beekman, a Chicago mom and photographer, created the Who I Am project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens.... Read more »
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7 reasons I love Blue Apron

7 reasons I love Blue Apron
Have you heard of Blue Apron?  Blue Apron is a weekly box that arrives at your door with all the measured ingredients you need to make a delicious, fresh and unique meal. You can choose dietary preferences (vegetarian, chicken, beef, fish) and delivery options (one, two or three meals a week for 2 or 4 people).... Read more »

My favorite baby boy names

My favorite baby boy names
Thank you for sharing all your favorite baby girl names with me.  As promised, today I am revealing my favorite boy names.  I must admit this one took much longer than the girls list did.  Even though my days of naming children are behind me, I still find it fun to talk names.   Here are... Read more »

My favorite baby girl names

My favorite baby girl names
I am past the baby naming stage, but still love learning, hearing and reading girl’s names and imagining names for brand new babies. In my opinion, naming a female is far easier than a male. Maybe it is because a lot of boy names are now used in naming girls (Max, Sawyer and Wyatt). Today... Read more »
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Does punishing kids work?

Does punishing kids work?
I got punished often as a kid. I am sure it was well deserved and I think I turned out all right. I spent a lot of time in my room pretending to do my homework, writing in my journal and resentful of my parents, even though I now know they were doing their best.... Read more »

Family dinnertime games and conversation starters

Family dinnertime games and conversation starters
There are endless studies about the benefits of families sitting down for dinner regularly.  Improved relationships, eating habits and grades are all shown to be found in those that sit down together at the end of the day. “Children who do eat dinner with their parents five or more days a week have less trouble... Read more »

An interview with my ten-year-old on his birthday

An interview with my ten-year-old on his birthday
One decade ago today at 10:27 a.m. my son was born.  The past ten years have gone by very fast, yet at the same time I wonder how my baby has turned into a smart, kind, sensitive and funny little man. This morning over poached eggs and chicken sausage, I asked him these annual questions.... Read more »
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Is PhotoMath app helpful or hurtful?

Is PhotoMath app helpful or hurtful?
Someone posted on Facebook about an app that makes checking math homework easy.  My eyes lit up as math is not my strength and checking multiplication and division homework is never my favorite. I quickly downloaded PhotoMath. According to their site, “PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical problems by using the camera of your mobile device... Read more »